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Girls Made of Snow and Glass Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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“This beautifully wrought novel offers plenty of fair-tale wonder, but Bashardoust resists the most common tropes; instead, she tells a story where women save each other with their own ingenuity, bravery, and love, and power and compassion can exist hand in hand. Compellingly flawed characters, vivid world-building, and pitch-perfect pacing make this utterly superb.” ―ALA Booklist, starred review
“An empowering novel with strong, three-dimensional female protagonists who refuse to let jealousy and power break their bond. Filled with magic, adventure, and interesting characters, this debut will keep readers thoroughly engaged. A refreshing and progressive original retelling. Highly recommended.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“Magic, mother-daughter conflict, and the quest for self-identity are given a dark and fantastical treatment in this chilling feminist adaptation of the Snow White fairy-tale. A hauntingly evocative adaptation that stands on its own merits.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“If you thought you were done with the re-imagined fairy tale trope, suspend your moratorium for Girls Made of Snow and Glass: Melissa Bashardoust has created a story more The Bloody Chamber than damsel-in-distress fable.” ―Bustle
“This is Snow White as it’s never been told before. Fans of Game of Thrones will relish the loyalties and betrayals; with elements of the medieval legend of the golem, echoes of the movie Frozen, and plenty of magic, Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a feminist fantasy not to be missed.” ―BookPage
“A must-have for those who love luscious YA retellings. Absolutely stunning.” ―Book Riot
“A richly written rethinking of Snow White...Bashardoust thoughtfully reflects on the complicated nature of the stepdaughter/stepmother relationship while exploring agency, individuality, love, and free will.” ―Publishers Weekly
“In Girls Made of Snow and Glass, Melissa Bashardoust has given us exquisite displays of magic, complex mother-daughter relationships, and gloriously powerful women triumphing in a world that does not want them to be powerful. A gorgeous, feminist fairy tale.” ―Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader and The Speaker
“Girls Made of Snow and Glass is like reading a particularly wonderful and vivid dream, complete with imaginative magic, delightful characters, and beautiful language. Melissa Bashardoust's debut novel is everything a fairy tale should be.” ―Jodi Meadows, New York Times bestselling coauthor of My Lady Jane and author of Before She Ignites
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About the Author
Melissa Bashardoust received her degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she rediscovered her love for creative writing, children’s literature, and fairy tales and their retellings. She currently lives in Southern California with a cat named Alice and more copies of Jane Eyre than she probably needs. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is her first novel.
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The Good: Girls Made of Snow and Glass is told through two POV's. This can be a hit or miss with me, but this book did it beautifully. When I was reading Lynet's chapters, I was bummed when we moved onto to Mina's chapters. And when I was reading Mina's chapters, I was bummed to move onto Lynet's chapters. So, I loved getting into both POV's.
More Good: I absolutely adored Mina's chapters. I've always been interested in the "evil stepmother" trope, so it was incredibly interesting to get a deeper feel for this incredibly complex character. I loved delving into her past and I loved the dichotomy between her "evil" self and the self that wanted to do the right thing. Another thing I really liked was the relationship between Lynet and Nadia. I'm a sucker for a well-developed f/f relationship and I'm an even bigger sucker for understated romantic relationships in YA and this was one of the best.
The Best: So, ultimately my favorite part of Girls Made of Snow and Glass was the complex relationship between Mina and Lynet. Everything else was so great, but this was what kept me turning the pages. It was so wonderfully angsty and simultaneously heart-wrenching and heartwarming. It's so rare to see a YA fantasy novel that doesn't have romance at its forefront, but rather explores the complexity between mothers and daughters. GAH! The relationship here is what great books are made of.
In the end, I absolutely loved and adored every minute of Girls Made of Snow and Glass. Everything from the writing, the world-building, the characters was so, so well done. One slight disclaimer, though: If you're looking for a heavy, action plot, this book doesn't really have that. I don't mind because I tend to love character studies anyway, but if you're expecting that here, you won't find it. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is heavily recommended.
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